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Molly & math

March 12th, 2012 (03:13 pm)

I've blogged in the past about Molly and math. My favorite illustrative story: back when Molly was in 1st grade, she figured out how to add mixed fractions by finding a common denominator based on the sample problem on the inside of her math notebook. (And then would ask me to give her fraction addition problems to work on while I brushed her hair, because she found them fun.)

When she was in 3rd grade, several people told me about a program at the U of M called UMTYMP (University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program). UMTYMP starts in 6th grade; it goes through high school math in two years. (Algebra I and II are year one; Geometry is one semester of year two; "Math Analysis" covers Trig plus the remaining pre-Calculus stuff.) Calculus I, II, and III are covered the next three years.

UMTYMP kids are supposed to NOT take math at their middle or high school; instead, they're supposed to get that time to work on their UMTYMP homework. The UMTYMP classes are held in the evening, once a week (I think). This program was appealing to me for Molly for a number of reasons, but one big one was that it actually sounded like it would be paced well for her. Molly grasps math stuff really quickly. When I was learning math, I needed a lot of repetition and sample problems before I actually could do problems on my own; Molly just doesn't.

Admission is by exam. They had an early exam option this year, where your kid could take the test in February, and they'd let you know whether they passed in time to try again in April if necessary.

Molly got in! We got the letter on Friday. She's excited.


Posted by: A Wandering Hobbit (redbird)
Posted at: March 12th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)


Posted by: Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013 (pameladean)
Posted at: March 12th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)

Go Molly!


Posted by: Dr. Rivka (rivka)
Posted at: March 12th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
baby otter

Wow, that looks outstanding! What a wonderful opportunity.

Posted by: consider that you may be wrong (ukelele)
Posted at: March 12th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)

Woohoo, math! And Molly!

Posted by: Amanda (branna)
Posted at: March 12th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)

Congratulations to Molly! I'll be very interested to hear how the program works out.

Posted by: woman who reads too much (boxofdelights)
Posted at: March 12th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)


Posted by: cheshirecatco (cheshirecatco)
Posted at: March 13th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)

Hooray for Molly! And it's good to know that UMPTYMP is still going on; I'm glad for the chances it gave me, even more than 20 years later.

Posted by: jiawen (jiawen)
Posted at: March 13th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)

Congrats to both of you! Sounds like it should be great for her.

Posted by: Dan Goodman (dsgood)
Posted at: March 13th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)

Good for her!

And for you, for getting her the opportunity.

Posted by: Michelle (silkblade)
Posted at: March 13th, 2012 03:50 am (UTC)

Woo! This sounds awesome. I love math.

Posted by: Sylvia (sylvia_rachel)
Posted at: March 13th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)

WTG Molly! Awesome.

I'm glad you posted about this program, because it gives me an idea I can pass on to a RL friend (not, alas, in Minneapolis) who is starting to wonder what she's going to do with her six-year-old. Who taught himself to read when he was two, and does long division in his head for fun. Perhaps their local university has something kind of similar.

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